Thursday, 12 December 2019

Indie-pop band Joywave shares a live video for 'Obsession'

US creatives Joywave recently took over The Lexington in London for a one-off headline show as part of their ‘Possession Sessions tour’. It was the band’s first performance in the UK in five years and only their second headline appearance in the city to date and saw them play to an ecstatic, sold-out audience.

As they continue their prolific upsurge across the waters, Joywave has now shared a live video of their hit ‘Obsession’, which was shot during their time on the road supporting Bastille on their ‘Dooms Day Tour Vol. 1 tour’ across North America.

The ingenious, indie pop extroverts delivered faultless performances each night in front of huge crowds, showcasing their witty and seamless live presence and outstanding musicianship, with frontman Daniel Armbuster also joining Bastille on stage at each show to the delight of both band and the audience.

Joywave made a huge impression with their return earlier in 2019 with the release of the haunting single ‘Like A Kennedy’, which the Guardian championed as their Hottest Track of the Week and was released with a powerful and subversive video. They followed with the official version of ‘Obsession’, launching the track with Marvel Comics before sharing an innovative movie-trailer themed video for it, shot using 100% Kodak film.

The band has also shared the dance-inducing new track ‘Blank Slate’, which gives further insight into an exciting new album to come in 2020.

Joywave have evolved from the basement to the big stage following the success of their previous releases HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? and the Top 10 Billboard Heatseekers chart album CONTENT and have collaborated with the likes of  Little Simz and Mick Jenkins (‘Bad Dreams’) and Big Data on the smash-hit US single, ‘Dangerous (Feat. Joywave)’.
Now adding the Bastille US tour support to their remarkable live resumé – which already includes tours with the likes of The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foals, Brandon Flowers, Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Thirty Seconds To Mars and more and performances at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bumbershoot and Reading/Leeds festivals – Joywave are about to explode into the big league in 2020 worldwide.

Joywave appeared in a feature on The Good The Bad The Indie

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Interview with a three-piece indie-pop band China moon

Manchester-based China moon is a three-piece band that blends Eastern vibes with an indie-pop sensibility to craft melancholic melodies.

Having just finished recording their debut EP alongside a successful first tour, the group is now embarking upon a string of dates across the UK to promote their highly anticipated first single, Nebula, released at the end of September.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Something that makes us unique as a band is we've all come from different musical backgrounds. We've all been passionate about music as listeners and makers since we were little! In a world of disposable streaming, I still love buying CD's and records, waiting for a physical copy of an album to be released was a big part of my youth, I'd focus on an album that I loved for weeks and months, although as musicians and artists streaming has opened a lot of exciting doors!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I can never force a melody or a lyric, it has to happen naturally, and that's a mantra we abide by in the band. We want our music to reflect our stories and feel authentic. We usually start with either an idea, or Matt will create a rift, and then Ellie will play with drum melodies, I'll play with then vocal melodies and then see where the story goes with the lyrics.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

As a band, we are political and have strong views on what's going on in the world. We often discuss climate change or other topical subjects where then an idea for a song can emerge. I'm very passionate about the way masculinity is portrayed within music, and I tend to write lyrics that as a man I would want to hear to relate to. I think there's a lack of songs that carry a theme of empowerment for men, and often as a man, I feel unrepresented within the music.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

It's a brilliant thing of today is that streaming, and the internet, in such a small amount of time, has given opportunities to passionate music makers and lovers to create music and market it themselves. The tricky side is the amount of content being produced. It's exciting to create the art you want to make, but from a business perspective, more opportunities for genuine independent artists would allow more scope for new talent.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

My personal favorite part of music is creating a song from nothing, it's magic, there's nothing to describe it. We'll create a song with the band, or I'll be writing at home, and there's an unspoken click where you hear everything come together for the first time, and it's just a beautiful feeling, as for any art form. But Ellie, Matt, and I love being on stage and seeing which songs our audience responds too. Manchester is great for live music!

What's on your current playlist?

Our tastes vary massively, but I'm currently listening to a lot of Novo Amor, Dermot Kennedy, Mahalia, and I'm loving Gabriella Aplin's new stuff!
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
Our new single 'Lonely Game' is out in December, along with a headline gig in Manchester on the 13th at the Castle Hotel with a killer line up! We've got new music in the works for 2020, and hoping to do a tour in the spring to promote our upcoming EP!

Famous last words?

Keep making shit until something sticks!

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Indie rockers Colony House release new song ‘Original Material’

Nashville indie rockers Colony House’s new single ‘Original Material’ has just been released, following the announcement of their upcoming album Leave What’s Lost Behind, out on January 24th.

“The only thing I have to offer that is truly ‘original’ is myself,” explains singer Caleb Chapman. “I know this to be true but don't always believe it. ‘Original Material’ is about the on-going fight to get out of my own way.”

A confluence of serendipity, fate, and inspiration led the band back to their roots lyrically. The album incorporates a storied family history going back generations mixed with folklore surrounding a runaway to create an album worthy of being a classic novel. The band teamed up with Ben Shive, who produced Colony House’s debut album When I Was Younger, to tap into the freedom of their formative years as a band.

‘Original Material’ is the second track to be taken from Leave What’s Lost Behind, following the release of lead single ‘Looking For Some Light’.

Colony House first captured attention in 2014 with their lead single ‘Silhouettes’ taken from their debut album When I Was Younger, which became the #1 played track on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation for four months straight.

The band followed the debut album with Only The Lonely, which featured singles ‘You Know It’ and ‘You & I’, and led Entertainment Weekly to include the album on their Must List and describe it as “...[fusing] swampy blues, scuzzy garage rock, and infectious indie-pop... its massive jams will sound great booming from a festival stage.”

Colony House has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, TODAY show and more and head out on the road with a major North American tour following the album release, and UK and European shows later in the Spring.

Leave What’s Lost Behind – Track List
1. Looking For Some Light
2. Runaway Pt.1 (Love Has A Limit)
3. Leave What’s Lost Behind
4. Original Material
5. El Capitan
6. Why Even Try
7. Runaway Pt.2 (Love Is A Compass)
8. Where I’m From
9. Take It Slow
10. Julia
11. Trying
12. Runaway Pt.3 (The Weight)
13. The Hope Inside

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Rock band Twisted Wheel release new song, ‘Black & Blue’

Not shying away from the major issues today, the band remain as culturally relevant as ever. The latest track is a story of self-medication and depression, coupled with a tribute to the genius of American poet Sylvia Plath. After overdosing on medication, she reflected: “I blissfully succumbed to the whirling blackness that I honestly believed was eternal oblivion”; the same eternal oblivion which has left a seemingly irreparable scar on the lives of young people today who continue their lives under a melancholic sky of darkness and uncertainty. The willingness to reflect upon the issues that universally affect young people including suicide and mental illness through the medium of art is something that the band feel is important to get people talking and inspire those who feel they have nothing left to give.

The band state: “Black and Blue is essentially the story of somebody who has lost faith in everything and everyone, feeling like the world has beaten them down. Despite this, the feel of the track is actually very bright and melodic, giving a strong sense that things can get better”.

Following another successful year of sold out gigs across the country and major festival appearances at Reading + Leeds, Kendal Calling and Y-Not, the band head towards their last set of 2019 dates including two recently announced support slots with Liam Gallagher on his latest arena tour in Newcastle and Birmingham.

Next year, the band will release their highly anticipated third album: 'Satisfying The Ritual’ (20 March 2020), which will feature the tracks 'Nomad Hat', ‘DNA', ‘Rebel' and new single 'Black & Blue' among its tracklisting.

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Meet the mind behind your next indie-pop existential soundtrack, Evon Rose with 'Something More'

Hailing for the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria we have Evon Rose releasing their latest indie-pop single, ‘Something More’ via Timbits Records. The track explores idea of life after death with Panglossian views meeting gritty guitar lines, coming together to create the soundtrack for the question that we eventually all come to ask ourselves.

Curious about the mind behind our existential soundtrack, we decided to sit down with the lead singer and founding member of Evon Rose, Andreas Schuster. With a history of studying international business in Sydney, we knew he would present some new viewpoints for us to consider.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

It usually starts with a feeling, a riff or a certain topic. Sometimes, when I’m playing around with my guitar, a tune just pops up in my head. First step then is to put this first idea into a verse or chorus, whichever it feels like. Then I try to repeat this phonetic idea and to finalize a melody. After that comes the first writing of proper lyrics, which sometimes also evolves in a parallel manner. Then, I usually take that idea to our producer and/or guitarist to get their feedback and ideas of how it could develop and we continue that process until we feel we’re ready to start working on a proper arrangement with the band and see how it feels performing the song.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer? 

Wow, that’s a tough one. Each has its different merits - I love the diversity of it. I’d say the songwriting and creating music for me is a deeply personal process of expressing myself. The recording in the studio is detailed preparation at first and a lot of tiny improvements and re-interpretations until the song properly “sits” and all sounds go together. Live is a totally different story. It’s more about the connection with the audience, the shared joy of a live concert, the performance. I wouldn’t want to miss any step of the way.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

It was the release concert of our first single ‘New Shores’. After the concert a man wanted to speak to me and said, he attended the concert purely by chance – he was on his way home from visiting his daughter in the hospital. He thanked me very dearly and said I had given him some hope and strength since he’s going through some hard times. That again gave me strength and confirmation that I’m doing what I want to do from the bottom of my heart. A really blissful moment.

Your latest single, ‘Something More’ explores the idea of life after death. What triggered this thought process for you?

I have always been intrigued by different spiritual beliefs and rituals and the question of what else is out there. Whether there is more to us than flesh and bones. For this song particularly it was because of a loss in my family we suffered not long ago.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

Impossible to say. Of course there are some that were better and some that were worse, but each gig has a different atmosphere and different challenges. I just enjoy each and every one. Maybe the best gig is yet to come.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing? 

That will be a definite YES! I would love to play at Live at Red Rocks once, the scenery is amazing!

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

More songs, more gigs and constant evolvement.

One last thought to leave with your fans?

Thank you all for tuning in and hope you enjoy our music!

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Interview with indie-rock music producer Francis Moon

28-year-old Swedish indie-rock music producer Francis Moon is a solo project, playing under several different names and bands throughout the years, he decided to turn all his creative energy into an independent project in 2015. Francis Moon's music can be described as a potent blend of indie-rock combined with a special dream-like atmosphere, fresh off the reverberated strings. Influences are many and include bands like Valley, Mew, The 1975, Bibio, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Veronica Maggio to mention just a few.

Francis Moon had gained many new listeners since his single ‘In Colour’, which was released earlier this year on alexrainbirdRecords and has amassed over 420,000 streams. This brings the total streams on his unique take on cinematic indie rock to a staggering 2.5 million on Spotify alone.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

When I was young I always stood in front of the TV or the mirror and "performed" as famous artists such as Michael Jackson, Roxette, The Beatles. My dream was to one day make music and perform in front of thousands of people. However, the first real impact music had on me was a deeper emotional level was through 2 bands. One band was Beatles and their song “She Loves You”.

My friend Pontus had been talking about a song his brothers had shown him earlier for weeks. At that time we did not know much English and he more or less pronounced the title as “Schlafsa” which didn’t make any sense to me. However, he then let me hear the track and I understood it was called “She Loves You”. That song activated something in me, even though it is not one of my favourite Beatles songs!

The second band that got me deeper into music was Bon Jovi.

My uncle gave me the CD  “Bed of Roses” on Christmas one year, and somehow, Bon Jovi stuck with me until their release of "It's my life" which unfortunately is catchy but horrible song haha. But I have to admit I love the 80’s version of Bon Jovi. From there on it just exploded. I love many different types of genres and I believe I can find something inspiring in all (almost) of them.

My first entry into music production took place when I was 11 years old. A couple of friends of mine had just started jamming together/recording songs and for some reason the thought out singer had gotten sick. So instead they asked me and I joined as a singer/guitarist. Nerve-wracking to say the least!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

There are a few things that I always do to get the songwriting process going. Over the years I have been trying different approaches and discovered what works best for my creative process. Most of the time I start with creating the music, which can be a riff on the guitar, piano chords e.g basically, anything that comes to mind that represents how I am feeling at the moment. Once I have an idea of music, I start to look for photos/images online where I would love to be at the moment while listening to this specific music. It could be putting up images for inspiration on the wall and then putting all ends together to finish the song. I always finish with the lyrics. Not sure if this is something common, but works for me so that’s why I am continuing to do so.

I do see my music as therapy, since I have always had a hard time opening up to people, to talk about feelings and what I am feeling at the moment. With the music, I can get all my feelings out and see it from another perspective. Some people write a diary, go to a therapist, while I just found my peace in music.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Oh, that is so much actually. I learned over the years to tackle life with an open mind and to live in the moment as cliche as it may sound.  But it gives me so much back in return thinking that way.

So what comes first to my mind is meeting interesting and inspiring people that plant different ideas in your head simply by just being themselves and with their stories.

As I also touched upon earlier, images/photography is something that triggers my creativity in a good way. It can also be that I hear a specific synth sound in a song on the radio that is so amazing that I just have the urge to create something. So yes, a lot!

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Oh my, don’t remind me about it. However, I do think it is somewhat a great thing that musicians are “forced” to step up when it comes to marketing and promotion. I’ve seen and heard a lot of bands that think by simply releasing a song they will get famous overnight. I would say that happens to a lucky handful of individuals but it is all about consistency and taking action to promote yourself, be out there and be fearless in the approach without being too cocky. It is all about balance! Self-confidence, "hard work" (work hard but most of all work SMART) are my keywords in all of this.

At the moment I can’t think of something that I would like to personally change in the music industry.

I tend to do a lot of PR myself in combination with my releases and that can take a few weeks to squeeze as much as possible out at the moment. So, I would say to make it easier/more affordable for musicians to get in contact with PR agencies and get their music out. It shouldn't be the size of the wallet that decides which artists that make or break in the market, which is somewhat the feeling I have now of the music industry.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
I do love both! Studio work for me is therapy and is a safe place where I can fully let everything out and surprise myself. Playing in front of a live audience is what adds color to all of that. It is great to get the adrenaline going and to see the impact the songs have on other individuals. One can sit weeks/months or even years with a song but playing live is all about being in the moment.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
One of the moments must have been when I played as a pre-show to “Walk the Moon” at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm some years ago. They were nervous and didn’t know what to expect in terms of the amount of people that would show up and so did we. However, the place was completely packed when we started playing, and hundreds of people were dancing,  singing and just making that evening a very special one for me.

What's on your current playlist?

I would say everything from heaven to hell, haha. This month my playlist is so diverse, it must be the autumn season playing a trick on me! But artists/bands that currently are on repeat a bit more than others are Thomas Dybdahl, Valley, The Blaze, and Estraden.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

At the end of November, I will release a remix for ‘In Colour’ that I am really happy about. I got contacted by 2 great DJs ( to be announced) that wanted to give the song a new electronic twist and it turned out amazing. Now we will throw the song out into the world and hopefully straight into dance floors across the globe. Going further on the topic, I just started to record what will become an EP/album that hopefully will see the light of day within a few months. All depending on how it goes! And then take the EP/Album on tour across Europe as well sometime next year.

Famous last words?

Stay true to yourself and don’t settle for less! ✌️

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Indie-rock band Judah & The Lion releases new song ‘Alright’

Bringing high octane, party-centric energy straight outta Nashville, the explosive trio Judah & The Lion are set to return to the UK next month as a continuation of their huge Worldwide headline tour celebrating this year’s hit album Pep Talks.

They will be playing in London, Dublin, Glasgow, and Paris following their memorable visit earlier this year where they impressed sold-out audiences with their genre-defying, dance-inducing sound.

Pep Talks has seen the band hit new heights following their breakout debut Folk Hop ‘n’ Roll, garnering millions of streams across DSP’s worldwide with the UK increasingly becoming their biggest market outside the US.

Their fastest-growing single from the album ‘Why Did You Run?’ was added to the new FIFA 2020 soundtrack while ‘Let Go.’ has been chosen as ESPN’s College Football anthem - a huge feat for the self-confessed sport fanatics.

Continuing the celebrations, they have now shared the next single from the record ‘Alright’ which also features in the EA Sports NHL 2020 game which is out now.

Fronted by the exceptionally charismatic Judah Akers, Judah & The Lion have an exciting uniqueness that stands them out from the crowd and puts them high on the list as an unmissable band on the rise.

Having toured with the likes of TwentyOne Pilots, Jimmy Eat World and Incubus and collaborated with artists such as country’s Kacey Musgraves and rapper Jon Bellion, the band straddle the boundaries between pop-punk and indie-folk, while expertly incorporating hip-hop and electronic additions, to create an exciting crossover style that has secured them top spots at US Alternative Radio and gold and platinum certifications.

Judah & The Lion appeared in a feature on Exit Through Sound

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Singer JJ Wilde releases music video from the song 'The Rush'

JJ Wilde releases the official video for ‘The Rush’ today. The emerging alt-rock vocalist channels rockstar aesthetics and makes them her own in the video, where we see the long-haired rising rock badass sprawled on a bed surrounded by models, rocking out in the middle of an adoring crowd, smoking a joint, and riding a motorcycle into the night. The exciting visual, bolstered by the road-tested swagger JJ Wilde has become known for, is sure to send shockwaves through your system.

Taken from her debut EP, ‘Wilde Eyes, Steady Hands’. JJ is making a major impression on the modern face of rock music with her EP crossing one million streams on Spotify.

The four-song EP is a cathartic, rousing and well-varied amalgamation of pure, fiercely unapologetic rock n roll. It strikes the perfect balance between raucousness and sincerity, mixing together sweltering odes to independence (like the riotous ‘The Rush’ which serves as a perfectly executed soundtrack for reckless indulgence) with warmer self-reflective moments (like ‘State of Mind’ which finds JJ confronting her imperfections, knowing she'll eventually learn from her mistakes). She pairs her earnest songwriting with her instantly memorable, velveteen rasp and full-throttle guitar.

Sewing together an honesty that calls to mind Liz Phair, a swagger reminiscent of Bikini Kill, and a Courtney Love-esque snarl, JJ Wilde is not only paying respect to the heart and soul of rock music, but fully chiseling her own place within the genre.

The EP is out via BMG/Black Box on all streaming services and is a brash declaration of artistry from a refreshing new voice in rock.

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Take a trip down memory lane with Drew Davies' latest song, 'Mrs Taylor'

Drew Davies has just had his latest single, ‘Mrs Taylor’ premiered via Pure Grain Audio who said that, “Davies has put together an impressive track that shines a bright light on his striking vocal polish which emphasizes the track’s lyrical qualities”. You can read the full premiere here. The track will be officially released on 1st of November.

The single heralds Drew Davies upcoming EP (mixed by Steve Honest) via  AD1. While there’s no indication of when the EP will be shared, we can’t help but hope that it will be before the New Year, to carry us into it in style.

The UK-based musician gives some insight into the personal nature of the track, “Mrs Taylor is a song about childhood. Growing up in the South Yorkshire countryside it wasn’t always easy to get around. My oldest friend’s mother Mrs Taylor used to ferry us around a lot and take care of us if we ever got into scrapes. When I learned of her passing I immediately started writing lyrics and music; ‘Mrs Taylor’ was written then and there as an ode to childhood and to those who took care of me in those formative years.”

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Scottish Indie-Pop Musician Angus Munro Announces Release Of A New Song ‘Equaliza’

His music has been dubbed “therapy rock” by Gavin Docherty of Scottish Daily Express.  If you’ve heard of the artist I’m sure you’ll agree. The song ‘Equaliza’ comes from Angus Munro’s debut EP Mirror Man. ‘Equaliza’ is expected for release 8th November via Counselor Records. This will be the third single from the Scottish chamber pop artist. The singer-songwriter shares the story behind is new single, “Equaliza, to me is one of my most personal songs and despite the difficult time-period in which it was written, it remains a time-capsule of the man I once was, and a reminder of how far I’ve come.”

Angus’s life in music was born out of catharsis, using songwriting at the piano and singing. He would attend open mic nights and workshops, Angus adds “over the years, I learned that the person I would affect onstage was my real self.  I became more confident in not only who I was but talking about mental health as a whole’.

He has received much support from the likes of, Roddy Hart, recording artist and composer of hit horror musical Anna & The Apocalypse, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, The Skinny, Gavin Docherty, Scottish Daily Express to name a few.

Until his latest single drops, watch his previous release ‘Mirror Man’ below

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Alternative Musician Young Guv Gives Us A Peek Into His Anticipated Album GUV II With New Song ‘She’s A Fantasy‘

Young Guv gives us another taste of his anticipated album with the new single "She's A Fantasy". The new single will appear on his forthcoming release GUV II (part two of a 2-LP series following previous LP GUV I). The new album is expected Oct 25th via Run For Cover Records, co-written with James Matthew VII.

Young Guv is Toronto-based Ben Cook, known for his collaborations with No Warning and F**ked Up. He has been active in hardcore scenes since the late '90s, but ventured into a indie in the 2000s. His style evolved through the rest of the 2000s into a more indie-pop/power-pop which has become his signature style since his 2015 debut album Ripe 4 Luv.

Young Guv is expected to play in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago with Vivian Girls this month, details below.

1 - She's A Fantasy
2 - Try Not To Hang On So Hard
3 - Caught Lookin'
4 - Trying To Decide
5 - Forgot To Feel
6 - Can I Luv U In My Own Way
7 - Song About Feeling Insane
8 - Can I Just Call U
9 - Can't Say Goodbye

Young Guv Live Dates:

10/17: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^
10/18: Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church ^
10/20: Somerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom ^
11/1: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle ^
11/2: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle ^

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Austrian Singer-Songwriter Ro Bergman Enraptures With His Dreamy Indie-Rock Touch

Austrian born Ro Bergman released ‘All We Are’ a couple of weeks back. The single was released ahead of his EP New Horizon that is expected to be available 25 October via Bergman Music and follows on from singles 'Horizon' and 'Clouds'

The song premiered via CLASH Magazine. It was produced by Niko Stoessl (Dave Gahan, IamX, NIHILS, Motoboy) and composed by both Bergman and Stoessl. The singer has been praised by the likes of Elicit Magazine, XS Noize, VH1 and MTV. Ro Bergman explains his latest single ‘All We Are,’ “Nothing is ever ours forever. We should stop trying to own life...”

Bergman’s unique blend of indie-rock draws influence from artists like Beck, Bon Iver, Fink, The National and The Verve, but his sound still remains unique without mirroring theirs. While his sound is undeniably his own, it bears reminiscence to Tame Impala, Foals, Local Natives and Chet Faker. Each song could bear resemblance to other artists, but never emulate one alone. ‘All We Are’ for example is nostalgic of early Coldplay but still distinctly Bergman’s.

If ‘All We Are’ is any indication of what might follow, Bergman is definitely one to watch. We look forward to hearing what he has to offer next. But for now, we can drift away into ‘All We Are’ below.

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Interview with singer/songwriter Jordan Sommerlad

New York-based Indie rock singer/songwriter Jordan Sommerlad used to stay up late in his room to work on music when he was a teen and he still does the same thing today, recording in his apartment. Music has always been therapeutic for him; it’s a way to separate from the worries of the day.

For Jordan, this migration took him from a feeling of malaise that hung over him like City Of Angel’s smog, to soaking in vibrancy of Gotham life during artistically inspiring late-night Harlem walks.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

In middle school for Christmas one year my aunt gave me a 4-track cassette recorder.  Up to that point, I had been taking piano and guitar lessons, but that all felt a little bit like homework.  When I had the chance to combine elements together and actually have something tangible to show for it, everything changed.  It unlocked writing in a different way I hadn't known before.  Production is my favorite part of the process, and the real joy is hearing all the elements of a song come together for the first time in the form that other people will hear them in.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Usually, it starts by fiddling around on the guitar or synth late at night in my bedroom studio.  Whenever I'm playing, I'm also recording, so the songwriting process and the recording process are sort of the same thing for me.  If I find a riff or sound that I like, I find that I have to structure it out that night in one sitting or the song will probably die in demo-land.  I have tons of half-finished samples of things that I keep wanting to revisit, but it's really key to pounce on that initial excitement to make sure the skeleton of the track is there.  Once that is in place, it's just a lot of tinkering that usually goes on far too long before it's finally finished.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Almost without fail it's going to see bands I love play live.  Halfway through a set, I'm itching to get back home and start working on a new song.  Something about seeing the artists you admire most do the same thing you want to do just really works.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Eh, I could complain about streaming services for a while but one thing I'm consistently sad about it seeing people with crummy headphones.  If I had one recommendation, it's to get a nice pair of over-ear headphones, I don't go anywhere without them.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Studio work and music creation.  The joy of coming up with a new song or sound that's really working is tough to beat.  It's like knowing a secret before anyone else, and it's so exciting to think you have this thing that no one else has heard but when they do maybe it'll be the one that they love.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Soundcloud has been an amazing community to share music in.  Once I got a message from a guy in Japan who covered a song I had uploaded.  That was a first, and a very cool feeling, knowing that someone on the other side of the world was not only listening but making it their own.

What's on your current playlist?

I'm on a Big Theif kick at the moment.  I just saw them play here in New York, and it was a fantastic show.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

My latest album, "Your Favorite Palindrome" just came out Oct. 4th.  Thankfully I have a backlog of songs I'd been toying around with, and I'm going back to record in a friends studio in a month or so.  It will be the first time I'm trying to do something outside of my own home studio, which is a new challenge I'm looking forward to.  Other than that I'll be playing live around NYC as much as I can.

Famous last words?

Progress not perfection, good words to live by.

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Rock band Skinny Lister reveals new music video from the song ‘Second Amendment’

A microcosmic period drama with a Skinny-twist, the new video finds the London sextet cast as pilgrims crossing the ocean in search of a new home.

Dressed head-to-toe in costume typical of the 18th Century, the good ship Skinny and its crew make ground up on the shores of a strange new land: America. Though it quickly becomes apparent they may not be first settlers to arrive there…

Speaking about the adventurous new video, frontman Dan Heptinstall says:

“As well as being a great excuse to dress up in late 18th-century costume, the video is designed to illustrate how out of step the ‘Second Amendment’ is with the modern world. Wearing clothes contemporary to its creation, we land from the sea into a modern age where we’re completely out of place. The muskets are fake by the way!”

An anthemic punk-shanty that slinks along a jangly guitar line reminiscent of The Smiths, ‘Second Amendment’ is the latest single from Skinny Lister. Originally, one of the highlights of their Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap) produced 2019 album ‘The Story Is…’, the current single version of the track has now been given a fresh lease of life with a brand new mix especially for its Autumn release.

One of the most political tracks on ‘The Story Is…’, the song is written indirect reference to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. A controversial subject that is hotly debated across America, the track has opened up thought-provoking conversations with Skinny’s many friends and fans in the USA whilst on tour. As Dan explains:

“The first thing to say here is that we love America. We enjoy touring there and our fans and friends all across the country have been amazing to us over the years. We’re not trying to alienate anyone or suggesting people with alternative beliefs would not be welcome at a Skinny show. On the contrary, everyone is welcome… We realize [The Second Amendment] is a very complex and emotive issue, but we do heavily question U.S. gun laws. Laws that were designed during the musket era for taking up arms against a ‘tyrannical government’ have little relevance today. Gun death stats in the U.S. speak for themselves - approaching 40,000 per year. The ongoing argument to tackle the problem by adding more guns - such as proposals to arm teachers feels out of control. The song’s mention of God is not to criticize those with deeply held religious beliefs, but rather those who use God to support their defense of the Second Amendment. The track has already opened up some interesting conversations with our American friends. And we think it’s a discussion worth having.”

Touring the new single along with their fourth studio release ‘The Story Is…’ across the world throughout 2019, the punk sextet now set their sights on a second lap of the US and Canada on an imminent tour with The Interrupters (16 Oct - 9 Nov). The six-piece then jet back to the UK for a run of headline dates in the run-up to Christmas.

With KERRANG! praising their recent shows as “drenched in gloriously ramshackle character, with crashing sea shanties and heartfelt protest songs swirling in a saltily potent mix”; don’t be dragging your flagon when the Skinnies bring their explosive live show back to a town near you this Winter.

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Ethereal Dream-Pop Band Me Not You Reveal The Title Of Their Next Song ‘America’

                                 Image: Shervin Lainez            

Me Not You have released their new single ‘America’. The song will appear on their debut album Already Gone, which will be released on November 8th. Their previous single ‘I Should Know Better’ premiered on Clash Magazine to an abundance of support from respected publications like Billboard, Stereogum, The Line Of Best Fit, Noisey, Earmilk and plenty of others. They have accumulated nearly 6 million Spotify streams and landed at #1 on Hype Machine Charts, not once, but twice.

Straight out of New York, Me Not You is Eric Zeiler and Nikki Taylor. The duo have created an ethereal garage-pop sound. Following the success of their two previous EP’s Reckoning and Reckoning 2, they are ready to release a full-length debut album to the world Already Gone. The LP was composed and written entirely by the pair themselves, and if previous releases are anything to go by ‘America’ is expected to slay.

Me Not You’s sound has been compared to numerous styles including that of Sisters of Mercy’s deep gothic bass to Siouxsie Sioux’s and Blonde Redhead’s vocals. Their sound evidently borrows stylings from many genres creating something totally idiosyncratic, almost transcendent.

Speaking of ‘America’, Nikki explains: “America is a look at the soul of my country. It's a song about the disconnect between what I thought it was, and what I fear it might be. Especially in the wake of the crisis of mass detentions and the separation of families at our border, I think it's time we took a long look in the mirror and ask who we are, what we really stand for, and where we go from here." We will be sure to share our opinions on the track with you. If it’s like anything they have released before we will surely find it to be yet another gem.

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